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The association between maternal perceptions of own weight status and weight status of her child: results from a national cohort study

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dc.contributor.author Dowd, Kieran P.
dc.contributor.author Kirwan, Robert P
dc.contributor.author Hannigan, Ailish
dc.contributor.author Purtill, Helen
dc.contributor.author O'Gorman, Clodagh S.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-13T11:39:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-13T11:39:13Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5074
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objectives: To examine the relationship between maternal self-reported and measured height and weight, maternal perceived weight status and measured body mass index (BMI), and maternal perceived child weight status and measured child BMI. Setting and Design: Population representative National Longitudinal Study of Children Growing Up in Ireland. Methods: Height and weight of 7655 mothers and their 9 year old children were objectively measured using standard measurement techniques. Mother’s perceptions of their own weight status and the weight status of their child were reported. The association between accurate perceptions of the mother for herself and her child was tested. Results: Mothers overestimated their height by a mean of 0.5cm (SD=2.9), underestimated their weight by a mean of 1.4kg (SD=3.8), consequently underestimating their BMI by a mean of 0.6kg/m2 (SD=1.7). The majority (60%) of obese mothers correctly categorised their own weight status. Only 17% of mothers of obese children correctly categorised the weight status of their child. Overweight/obese mothers who correctly categorised their own weight status were more likely to correctly categorise their overweight/obese child compared to those who incorrectly categorised their own weight status (44% vs. 23%, 95%CI for difference 13-28%, p<0.001 for girls; 37% vs. 27%, 95%CI 2-18%, p=0.02 for boys; significantly greater difference for girls compared to boys, p=0.04). Conclusions: Maternal perceptions of their own weight status tend to be more accurate than maternal perceptions of their overweight or obese child. Overweight/obese mothers who correctly categorised their own weight status were more likely to correctly categorise their overweight/obese child. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Archives of Disease in Childhood;308721
dc.relation.uri http://adc.bmj.com/content/early/2015/09/24/archdischild-2015-308721
dc.rights First published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, BMJ Publishing Group 2015 en_US
dc.subject maternal en_US
dc.subject perception en_US
dc.subject body mass index en_US
dc.subject child en_US
dc.subject obesity en_US
dc.subject overweight en_US
dc.title The association between maternal perceptions of own weight status and weight status of her child: results from a national cohort study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-06-13T11:27:48Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308721
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1628635
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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